Saturday, February 4, 2012

Haitian Judicial denies Duvalier's Crime Against Humanity

By Wadner Pierre
The former  Haitian President for life Jean-Claude Duvalier named as "BABY's DOC" to be tried not for the crime against humanity but for alleged financial crime. Human rights groups criticized the decision and qualified it as unfair and politically motivated.

There are several  members of Martelly's administration have  closely tied to Duvalier regime. The former dictator's son Nicolas Duvalier is working in the president's Cabinet.
Duvalier at age of  19 took over the power following the death of his father Francois Duvalier named as "Papa Doc." As his dad he proclaimed himself as the "president for life."

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay was disappointed after learning about  the decision. Pillay asked the Haitian  officials to guarantee that  the former dictator  is prosecuted for international crimes.

In a news briefing at  UNHCHR office  in Geneva Rupert Colville Geneva a spokesman for the office said ,"Very serious human rights violations including torture, rape and extrajudicial killings have been extensively documented by Haitian and international human rights organizations to have occurred in Haiti during the regime of Duvalier."

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